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Nova Scotia Trip Home

Nova Scotia Trip Home :

So ahhhhh my Nova Scotia trip home! Edmonton friends if you haven’t seen Eastern Canada it is a must. I mean even though it’s like a bazillion dollars to fly across Canada? I could literally fly Edmonton to Honolulu and back! WHATS UP WITH THAT? Anyway, we will save my rant for flying across the country for another day. J feeeeel..  Speaking of which I should book my flight home for Christmas before it’s like $1300 or MAYBE HONOLULU INSTEAD! JK I need to see my FAMJAM. Ok moving along…

So my recent trip to Nova Scotia was a blast. I was home for two weeks and I soaked up every minute of it. My family is in Cape Breton, so I spent the majority of my time there. Cape Breton definitely moves at a slower pace. I’ve always been a city girl and I do love Halifax, but Cape Breton will always be near and dear to my heart. For those of you that don’t know, Cape Breton is a beautiful island in Nova Scotia with SWEEPING ocean views. Ugh, the ocean makes my skin oh so hydrated. Now that I’m back in Alberta my skin will now turn into a wrinkly boot. Don’t get me wrong I love Edmonton but who doesn’t love HYDRATED SKIN from the ocean?

During my time home, my family took a trip to the Cabot Trail. It was the perfect day. My dad passed away 5 years ago and there isn’t a second where I don’t think of his witty humor. I miss him dearly. We talked about Dad a lot that day and all of the wonderful memories we’ve had in the past. It really felt like he was there. It was truly a beautiful day and I will cherish it forever. If you wondering what the limit is to my mother playing Luke Bryan songs, THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXIST. Also, I remember changing my brother’s diapers and now they are basically MEN. Oh did I mention my brother Devon has his FULL LICENCE and a CAR? Ok, I’m ancient. Oh and now that Aaron is 15, Mom finally let him take his training wheels off his bike. #proudsister Maybe 16 is the year she will teach you how to cut the crust off your Bologna sandwich (ha he will get me back for this) Don’t worry we all have my fathers twisted humor. Besides spending the majority of my trip eating seafood, I really went home to stand in my Best Friends Wedding.  I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR YOU.

“The moment I wake up

Before I put on my makeup

I say a little pray for you

While combing my hair now

And wondering what dress to wear now

I say a little prayer for you” 

Belting out excessively over here……..ANYONE? Ok, moving along. So I listened to The Rankins (Cape Breton celebrities) watched my beautiful friend say I do, danced, drank OH BOY DID WE DRINK and created wonderful memories! During my time in Halifax, I spent a few days with my friend Carmen. FYI: Mussels at the Bicycle Thief in Halifax are the bomb.com. If you haven’t tried them, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? ok, I need to chill on the caps in this blog post ha ha. I swear I’m not yelling aggressively. Bicycle Thief in Halifax is probably my favorite restaurant.  Ever. Even though we were hungover pieces of crap the next day we still made it to Peggys Cove. Stillwell Beer garden really sneaks up on you when you end up at the dome on a Monday night. Also, I broke my two year “No Dome Streak” #domeishome  (Carmen’s idea obviously) So that is basically it! I wish I took more photos of this beautiful province but I was truly too busy enjoying my time home. Whoever I didn’t have time to see I apologize, I will be back soon. It’s really nice to put your phone down once in awhile and hear the waves crashing on the rocks. If you have any questions on Nova Scotia, feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I have quite a few blog posts coming in the upcoming weeks so don’t forget to check back! Ps: Have you seen my Blog post with Allure by Chelsea and Sara Jewell Photography? Check it out here! We just recently did another shoot so I’ll add those photos when I have more time.

Much love,

xo, Shay




Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea

Collaboration with Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea

Late night blog post coming your way! I’ve been slacking these past few weeks because I was visiting my friends and family in Nova Scotia. I’ve been dying to add these photos!

(Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea)

We had such a fun day shooting! Nothing makes me more inspired than getting to know talented, local women! I had the pleasure of collaborating with these two absolute gems. These girls radiate positive energy and I was lucky to spend the afternoon with them. Chelsea is a skilled makeup artist and Sara is a talented photographer, both located in Edmonton, Alberta. (If you click on Chelsea and Sara it will bring you to their Instagram accounts)  We also just so happened to shoot at one of my favorite cafes in Edmonton… LITTLE BRICK (check out my little brick blog post here) Oh, and did I mention Sara is actually from Nova Scotia…. small world!!!

Looking forward to our picnic shoot next month gals xo


Sara Jewell Photography and Allure by Chelsea collaboration With Shaylene Marie.

Body suit – Aritzia
Skirt- Forever 21
Hat – Roxy
Shoes – Zara


Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography

Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography

Hey, friends, So it’s been almost a month since my last blog post. I’ve been excited to do this blog post for the last couple of weeks but I couldn’t find the time. Watching Netflix and playing my cats 47 times a day can get exhausting Yano. So I’m cutting myself a little slack. I absolutely love how many people I’ve met through Instagram this past year! THANKS, INSTAGRAM! Social media has opened up so many cool doors for me and I’m forever thankful for that.

I recently collaborated with a Flower company in Calgary called Them Blooms and a photographer in Edmonton, Tracey Jazmin. When Them Blooms asked the two of us to get in touch we were basically already BFFS from our 15 cafe dates before. Little did they know… WE GO WAY BACK! Okay not really but like a few months? So we’re basically soul-sisters. This blog didn’t make itself eh Tracey? Ha ha! So getting to work with Tracey I was pretty darn excited! I mean we love finding new cafes and chatting with each other for hours so a little photo fun with some gorgeous blooms makes things that much more exciting.

Little background info:

Them Blooms- “made with love, shipped with care.” The flowers at Them Blooms are absolutely stunning. They are a Calgary based company that delivers flowers to most of Alberta, and they also have Canada wide shipping options. YAY CANADA! Happy 150th birthday Canada, stay young! The flowers are fresh and they come in all different shapes and sizes. They are wrapped in gorgeous burlap and tied to perfection!

Tracey Jazmin.. Where do I even begin… Not only is this gal incredibly talented, she is creative, hard working and driven. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and it shows in her work. We also might be friends now so that is pretty COOL. Hey if your reading this can you come back to Alberta so we can take the dogs to the park, gossip and drink not 1 but 2 lattes each. That would be great…THANKS!

I whole-heartedly recommend Tracey to anyone looking for photography or mentoring! She’s all that and a bag of chips!

Links: Them Blooms & Tracey Jazmin Photography

We may have suffered from countless mosquito bites but it was totally worth it! Those blood sucking demons!

Mosquito joke of the day:
What’s the difference between a Mosquito and a Fly?


Try sewing a button on a mosquito.
Did I just post a Dad joke on my blog? Okay, it’s time for bed.. ha ha!

Big thanks to Them Blooms for the beautiful flowers and to Tracey Jazmin for the lovely photos.

PS: if you make it to the bottom you deserve a cookie because there are LOTS of photos.

Have a good week!

xo, Shay


This is a little mini shoot Tracey & I did one day before our cafe date!     Don’t forget to check out my blog post on Callia Flowers

Thank you,

Them Blooms and Tracey Jazmin Photography.

A little Thursday note

A little Thursday note

A little Thursday note for you… So the last few weeks I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed with things I need to do, and a little underwhelmed with creativity. I have a very long to-do list that I’ve been running through my head every day. To say I had a busy few weeks is an understatement. I’ve been off last two days and I’ve done NOTHING. Well besides a delightful curry bowl and peppermint tea latte from CAFE MOSAICS. I binged watched Netflix and basically promised my pets the world. I’m also off today and I feel a lot more energized and refreshed. I had pretty high expectations for some things I wanted to get done, but my body and mind had other plans and needed rest.

The only person I am ever trying to be better than is the girl I was last year. I’ve learned over the last few years not to compare myself to others. #selflove You can’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. I think that every challenge and disappointment we have teaches us valuable lessons. At 28 I think I’ve experienced plenty of mistakes, heartache, and hard lessons. It’s how we overcome these challenges that shape us into a better person. The cliche “Life is short” saying means so much to me.

Be healthy, do what you love and don’t settle in your job or relationship. I’ve spent a lot of my twenties bouncing around and trying to figure out who I am as a person. I was always envious of the people who knew exactly what they wanted to do. I’ve always done things “my way” I’m the type of person who actually has to learn from their mistakes. No literally… mistake comes first lesson learned second. ALWAYS. (ask my parents) I’ve felt weak and insecure at times but I’ve always picked myself back up. I’m just realizing over the last couple of years I am a very strong person. I spent a really long time with someone I wasn’t meant to be with and received a great deal of unfair judgment from people who knew nothing that happened. My choices, my life. cah-PEESH? (Insert Salt N Pepa – None of yo business) Okay half kidding.

Ultimately in your life, the only opinion that really matters is your own. Despite my ups and downs over the years I finally feel like I’m in the right place, at the right time, with the right person. I will never again underestimate how crucial timing is. Timing is everything.

I have gained an appreciation and understanding of my life that truly fills me with compassion. I hope that my struggles have been given to inspire someone else who truly needs it. So here’s to finishing what I already started, accomplishing my goals and using my creative personality to do things I love! Wanna know more useless things about me? Click here!

So to do list for today:
#1 Kiss my cats and dog for another hour until I blissfully get out of bed.
#2 Take a hot bath (because let’s face it if you text me anytime during the day I’m usually in the bath.)
#3 Take my sweet pup for a walk.
#4 Hit up a cafe and maybe pick up some fresh blooms (because flowers are good for the SOUL, always)
#5 Make an Apple genius appointment since my phone is fried chicken.
#6 Try this new YOGA place downtown.
#7 Patiently wait for Stephen to come home, have caesar’s because it’s NATIONAL CAESAR DAY.
#8 Make Stephen back up my iPhone and do other technical things I don’t understand.
#9 Gaze into each other’s eyes, with matching sweatpants while we drink our Ceasar’s.
#10 Sweet talk Genius Bar rep so I don’t have to pay my apple care since it’s fried chicken and not my fault.

Etc etc etc probably get a cupcake somewhere in between there.
If you got through my ridiculous list, you rule.
Happy Thursday beautiful humans.

xo, Shay

Vancouver, British Columbia


“THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER” (how I feel about visiting the west coast) I recently took a trip to Vancouver, British Columbia. I would have done this blog post sooner but I’ve been laying in bed in sweatpants watching the office for the past couple of days. Ok…. It has been the majority of the past week. #bingewatchingtheoffice How did I never watch this show before? I’M OBSESSED!

So Vancouver. All I can say is, the license plates certainly don’t lie. Vancouver, British Columbia is surrounded by the pacific ocean, mountains and let’s not forget it’s basically an Instagram dream. I have many friends that live in British Columbia so there is no shortage of caffeine, red wine, and laughs. Now that I’m only a Province away I’m pretty darn content with it.

For most of my trip, I had gorgeous weather. Thank you Mother Nature, you’re the real MVP! I spent the majority of my time doing what I do best, prancing around, exploring the scenery, taking lots of photos, and drinking lattes of course!

I wish I had more time than four days, It simply wasn’t enough time. Although I did do a lot, I could have stayed another week at least. There is so much to do and see in British Columbia. I’m heading to Kelowna in the summer and I can’t wait! WINERIES! OKANAGAN LAKE! YAY! I also hope to plan a trip to Vancouver island sometime in the future.

So here are some pictures from my trip. Don’t forget to check out my blog post on the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. I hope you enjoy them, Happy Monday!

xo, Shay